Day: April 16, 2019

Notre-Dame Survives!

The tragic hope of the flames of Notre Dame

. . .And yet there are not only red but silver linings in this cloud of smoke. ☩ Jeffrey A. Mirus, Ph.D., at Catholic Culture

Notre-Dame de Paris: A Supernatural Intervention of the Mother of God for France?

This night was not made for sleeping. ☩ Fr. Guillaume de Menthière at Rorate Cæli

Notre Dame’s Destruction Is The Monumental Loss Of An Acoustic Treasure

Anonymous IV worked at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in the 1270s, & wrote descriptively about the vibrant music he experienced there. ☩ Jeff Held at The Federalist

Notre-Dame, France's Parish

No doubt, Notre-Dame will be repaired, just as countless other European wonders have been restored following fire, storms, sieges, and wars. . . ☩ Samuel Gregg, D.Phil., at First Things

Notre-Dame de Paris: Jewel of France

Far more than just a house of worship, Notre Dame is one of the most significant buildings in the world. It has stood at the very center of French and indeed all European history for close to a millennia. ☩ John Paul Sonnen at Liturgical Arts Journal

Notre Dame: Was It Arson?

I didn’t blog or tweet about the terrible fire at Notre Dame yesterday because I was traveling, but I’ve also learned not to make instant remarks about breaking news events when all the facts aren’t in. Looking back on some of the comments about Notre Dame being “utterly destroyed” makes one cringe. ☩ Fr. Dwight Longenecker

A Historical Timeline of Notre Dame Cathedral

In light of the recent tragic fire, here’s a look at the incredible history surrounding the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France ☩ Alex R. Hey at epicPew


Ten Ways to Meditate on Christ’s Passion

The following are ten helpful suggestions so that we can at least start to plumb the depths of the love of Jesus who died on Good Friday for love of you and for me and for the salvation of my immortal soul! ☩ Fr. Ed Broom, O.M.V., at Catholic Exchange

Pope Francis Honors Film Composer Ennio Morricone

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi to present the Oscar-winning composer with a Pontifical Gold Medal for his “extraordinary artistic work in the sphere of music.” ☩ Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register

China & the Catholic Church —  Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

The thousand-year history and present state of affairs offer a mixture of hope and concern. ☩ Joseph O'Brien at National Catholic Register

Why the Notre Dame Fire Pierces Our Hearts

Notre Dame was built over an almost 200-year period. Generations of people came and went, investing their days in this life for the sake of a project, the fulfillment of which they knew they would not live to see. ☩ Noelle Mering at Off The Cuff

Inflated Ego Syndrome and the Hazards of Celebrity

Commentary: When a self-confident public persona follows a person into ordinary life, trouble usually erupts. Instead, give credit where it is due. Be grateful. ☩ Jennifer Roback Morse at National Catholic Register

The Hidden Wound of Christ

☩ Rick Yoder at The Amish Catholic

From the Ashes of Notre-Dame

☩ Ross Douthat at The New York Times

Benedict’s Essay: The Voice of a True Father

Why the uproar from some Catholic pundits regarding the recently released essay on the abuse crisis from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI? ☩ Jim Russell at Crisis Magazine

Cardinal Sarah & the Sunset of the West

Cardinal Robert Sarah’s new book offers a bracing assessment of the state of Western culture, seeking to awaken Western societies to the truth about themselves. ☩ Samuel Gregg, D.Phil., at The Catholic World Report

The global population inversion

The age pyramid is starting to flip. ☩ Marcus Roberts at Mercatornet

Twitter Refuses to Submit to Independent Audit After Censoring Pro-Life Accounts

A Twitter executive appeared to punt after Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley asked him Wednesday during a congressional testimony whether the company would be willing to submit to an independent political audit. ☩ Chris White at Life News

A Remedy for the Catechetical Poverty of Our Time

Amidst the divisions & frustrations that mark the Church of our time, there are, quietly dispersed throughout the Mystical Body, clergy & laymen striving for the recovery & promotion of the Apostolic Faith. ☩ Christian Browne at Crisis Magazine

Students Lead Anti-Pornography Initiatives at Catholic Colleges

The Catholic University of America’s student government association has asked the college administration to block sexually explicit sites on the university’s wireless network. ☩ Stephen Beale at National Catholic Register

“The Tinder Generation.” Shocking Figures Show Pregnant 20-Somethings Killing 1 in 3 Babies in Abortions

Statistics released by the British government this week show a tragic rise in abortions among young women. ☩ Micaiah Bilger at Life News

Facebook’s New Policy is Not About ‘Standing Up to Hate’

Facebook’s campaign of anti-ProLife censorship just took another step forward. ☩ Ken Blackwell at The Stream

Subject of pro-life movie ‘Unplanned” defends her conversion story against investigative journalist

Former Planned Parenthood clinic director says reporter got his information from the abortion lobby, not the health department. ☩ John Burger at Aleteia

Fr. Raymond Thomas de Saint-Laurent, Confidence, & How to Fundraise

☩ Brice Sokolowski at

Unplanned: A Review of a Review

☩ The American Catholic

Death of the Son

☩ Noel Ethan Tan at Ignitum Today

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